There is no doubt that open water swimming can be a daunting experience for anyone trying it for the first time, whether you are a confident swimmer or not. The water is usually cold (especially in the UK), often very dark, you are wearing a tight rubber suit and there are lots of people of all different abilities around you probably thinking everything you are…worry no more!
RG Active are pleased to offer everyone the opportunity to gain valuable open water training before your races with organised, coached open water swim sessions at a fantastic venue.
You can learn the basics of open water swimming from our experienced coaches, train with other people who have exactly the same worries and concerns as you do. Whether it is your first time in a wetsuit, your first time in open water, or you want to learn how to swim front crawl, we can offer you any advice you need, answer any questions you have, demonstrate and explain anything you want to make your fears and worries go away.
For more experienced swimmers we do offer a second group at every session that provides a coached swim session working on technique and fitness to help improve your speed in the water and get you out of the water faster.
Water Safety at London Docklands
London Docklands operate the NOWCA safety band system. You can purchase your seasonal band online here http://www.nowca.org/products/131-seasonal-membership.aspx , it costs £10. This means that you only have to provide your emergency contact details and medical information once and we can then track you safely in and out of the water every time you swim. Your wrist band MUST be worn every time you swim, no band no swim.
Finding the swim location:
If you find the Crystal Café, 1 Siemens Brothers Way, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1GB – from there walk towards the water and you should see a metal gate leading down a ramp onto a pontoon with a boat moored up, where the session is based from.
No showers, limited changing facilities which can cause delays before and after the session.
No venues own toilets, you will need to use near by cafes
Tube or DLR
The nearest station to London Royal Docks in Docklands is Royal Victoria, situated just moments away from the beach itself. A regular service runs from nearby Canning Town and the centre of London. Alternatively it is just a short walk from West Silvertown which lies just south of the dock.
The Jubilee line connects to Canning Town which is just a quick hop across to the DLR into Royal Victoria or a brief 15 minute walk following the signs for ExCeL.
London Docklands open water swim operates with NOWCA water safety.
Everyone who swims at the Docklands must purchase the NOWCA wrist band, this is a one off cost and you re-use your wrist band each swim.
Find out more about NOWCA. You must buy your wristband online here.
Swimmer Benefits of the NOWCA membership include:
As a NOWCA swimmer you only ever have to provide your lake with emergency contact and medical details once, unless they change.
Each time you swim at a NOWCA lake your swim will be timed and your distance recorded. You will be able to view this in your personal login area.
As a NOWCA member you can scan in and out of the water, quickly and without any paperwork.
There are 22+ NOWCA lakes around the UK using this system. In some of our lakes who are running the NOWCA Kiosk you don’t need to go to reception before your swim.
You will be able to participate in weekly NOWCAswim400m races. Your results appear in your log in area, as will other events.
Your NOWCA venue can contact you with important schedule changes and information.
Enjoy discounts from our NOWCA partners (Cherry Active, ZONE3 Wetsuits, H2open magazine, Getbuzzing)
The equipment you will require to participate in the session is:
WETSUIT – Ideally a swimming specific wetsuit. All the RG Active coaches will be on hand to offer wetsuit advice.
GOGGLES – We do have a selection of goggles available to purchase at every session from our partners blueseventy.
LUBRICANT – used to prevent chaffing from your wetsuit around your neck. A non-petroleum based lubricant is best as it will not damage your wetsuit. We do have sports specific lubricant available to purchase at every session.
SWIM COSTUME or TRI-SUIT – Worn under your wetsuit. This is very important for those of you wanting to practise getting your wetsuit off after the session!
SWIM CAP – We request you wear a brightly coloured swim hat to enable our coaches to see all of the swimmers easily when in the water. We do have a selection of swim caps available to purchase at every session.
CLOTHES and TOWEL – There are changing facilities at the venue and changing rooms so you can dry yourself and warm up after the sessions.
FOOD and DRINK – The sessions are one hour in duration and we always recommend having something to eat and drink after the session to refuel yourselves. We usually some energy products available to purchase at every session.